Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin

An ARRL Affiliated Club
March 2017
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President --  Jon Bart - K6QVA    qvajpb@gmail.com
Vice-President -- Ron Patten - KG6HSQ    kg6hsq@fallbrookarc.org
Secretary/Treasurer -- Ken Dickson - W6MF    kpdickson@sbcglobal.net

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The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club normally meet at 3:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month.

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals

Name Call Date Expires
Third Notice

Beach, PaulWA6SY 1/31/2017
Second Notice

Eyerman, Jim KI6OHO 2/28/2017

Hansen, Andre K6AH 2/28/2017

Lara, Conrad KG6JEI 2/28/2017

Perrine, Hayden KG6YVD 2/28/2017

Perrine, Krissy KR6SSY 2/28/2017
First Notice

Byers, Jim
KI6OCZ 3/31/2017

Rotondi, John       
W6JBR 3/31/2017

Stubbs, Charles       
KK6OBH 3/31/2017

There will be no more paper notices mailed due to the rising cost of postage and supplies.
All future notices will  be sent electronically. See Members List for your expires date.


For Sale
Rigtalk USB rig control interface
For IC-706
Stephen kc6mie
CQ Serenade song
This will make your day
CW practice
This is an open invitation to join Joe (kd6kuv), Dave (k0csd) and my myself (kc6mie) every Monday night at 7:30pm for some CW practice and Fun.  We meet on one of these Freq's 28.050, 3.800 or 7.125.  We also use our repeater for Freq. coordination. If you want to build up your speed, confidence and improve your fist, then please join us.  It does not matter if you are a good operator or not, the point of it is practice and have fun.
So keep it in mind and join us.
73 de kc6mie
Baofeng Guide
I know everyone uses a computer to program their Baofeng, but here is a cheat sheet that you can print and keep in your go-bag.
You never know you could be sitting on the pot and hit the wrong button on your Baofeng and cannot reach your laptop.  Actually, you most likely couldn't reach your go bag either. 
Baofeng Short Programming Guide pdf

de W6VR
How to watch the full episode of "Search for the Super Battery"
PBS recently broadcast an outstanding TV show called Search for the Super Battery.  Modern lithium batteries are at times downright dangerous. This show explains the danger, shows some ways it can be resolved and delves into more modern batteries of various types. Watching this show is an hour well spent. You can see it online anytime for free at: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365946487/
1500' TV Tower - YouTube Short Video
Changing a top beacon bulb, 1500' tower, award-winning drone video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/f1BgzIZRfT8?feature=player_embedded
Solar Panel RFI
Extract from:  Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2051, February 17th, 2017
PAUL/ANCHOR: Though a solar array can save some homeowners big on their energy bills, it's very possible nearby amateurs are paying a price on the bands. If you are experiencing interference on the air and you believe the source is a nearby solar array, the Federal Communications Commission wants to hear from you. Whether the solar setup is right next door or a few doors down, the agency would like you to document the issue and explain why you believe the solar array is the source of problem. They can then proceed with the investigation.
According to the FCC's Deborah Chen, complaints can be filed with the agency and should include any or all of the following: photographs, recordings and any other meaningful supportive documents.
Submit your complaints on the agency website at consumercomplaints-dot-fcc-dot-gov In followup contacts with the FCC, be sure to mention your complaint ticket number.
Where Ocean Garbage Winds Up
Floating garbage tossed into the oceans (e.g. yogurt cups) tend to break apart and collect at certain places in the oceans. We can't track each cup, but we can track the 17,000 research buoys that are released into the oceans from time to time. This short video shows where the debris congregates -- it's an outstanding graphic display: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/here’s-where-17000-ocean-research-buoys-ended
Subject: A star explodes: The story of supernova 1987A
This five minute video, created with clay figures by the staff at Science News, chronicles the exciting discovery of Supernova 1987A -- the most recent Supernova seen by humans.  The events portrayed happened 30 years ago this month. At points in the video, the voice of the discoverer, Ian Shelton, is heard. We are but a very small part of God's magnificent universe.  Click for the video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=67LLoVnwUgw

Titanic: Fascinating Engineering Facts
RMS Titanic: Fascinating Engineering Facts
The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars
The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars - IEEE Spectrum
Yahoo reveals more breachiness to users victimized by forged cookies
Yahoo reveals more breachiness to users victimized by forged cookies | Ars Technica
And I STILL can't convince my customers to leave Yahoo!
Hacks all the time. Engineers recently found Yahoo systems remained compromised
Why fix the barn door after the cows have escaped? I think I've convinced exactly zero of my customers to switch from Yahoo. They just cover their ears and la la la la la la. OK, maybe some took the advice .
Frank Abagnale, world-famous con man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches
He's the real con artist the movie "Catch Me If You Can" is based upon.

The ARES E-Letter
Letter at: www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=current

Why are there so many Techs?
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Recently, one of my readers asked, "Why do most people have a Technician license and not a General or Extra? Is it simply not interesting enough to get more privileges?"

This is a very interesting question, one that I've written about before. I think there are several issues at play here. In no particular order:

  * It’s pretty easy to get a Tech license, so a lot of people get them just for the challenge, but really never intend to use the license.
  * Some people get a Tech license, but then find out that amateur radio isn’t what they thought it was going to be.
  * Some people get a Tech license, then can’t find an Elmer to help them. They lose interest and give up on ham radio.
  * Some people get a Tech license, buy an HT, and think that’s all there is to amateur radio. They quickly lose interest in amateur radio, because talking on the repeaters just isn’t all that interesting.
  * Some people get licenses to participate in local emergency communications or CERT organizations. There’s no need for them to get anything more than a Tech license.
  * Since it’s so easy to get a Tech license, even those that aren’t technically inclined get them. Getting a General Class license requires a fair amount of study, and because they don't see the benefits of putting in that kind of work, they just don't bother.

I posted this question to my blog and got several interesting replies. Perhaps the most cogent was by Kenneth, W6KWF. He wrote: "The only thing General/Extra gets you is HF, which is becoming an increasingly small fraction of the possibilities of the amateur hobby. Amateurs could easily spend their whole lives moving from FM repeaters to microwave to VHF packet to EME to CERT/event support, etc, etc, without having any interest to explore what few facets of the hobby need HF privileges."

I think this is a great point. When incentive licensing was put into place in the late 1960s, HF was where the action was. Nowadays, more of the "cool stuff" is happening on VHF, UHF and microwaves. Getting additional HF privileges is not really a big deal anymore for many hams.

Yet another new license class?
Right on the heels of this discussion, the ARRL posted a news item, "ARRL Seeks Opinions Concerning Possible New Entry Level License" (http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeks-opinions-concerning-possible-new-entry-level-license). According to this report, the ARRL Board of Directors set up an An Entry Level License Committee in September 2016.

The committee is gathering member input via an online member survey (http://www.arrl.org/license-1) and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC. They note, “The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF. The survey will be online until April 7, 2017.

According to the survey page, the committee is trying to address several issues, including:

  * The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
  * A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
  * Amateur Radio’s lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
  * The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
  * A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.

Personally, I don’t think that coming up with a new entry-level license class with privileges that are even more limited than the Technician Class is a bad idea, but whether or not it’s successful will depend completely on the implementation. Unless the new class of license is accompanied by some kind of program that will help these new licensees really become engaged with amateur radio, then we’re just creating another class of inactive licensees. I don’t know exactly what this program would consist of, but without it, this effort is doomed to failure.

And, who’s going to develop and run this program? The only organization that has the horsepower to make this work is the ARRL. They are going to have to step up big time. Most clubs don’t have the people or resources to do it properly. If you have any thoughts on this, I urge you to contact your ARRL division director (http://www.arrl.org/divisions).

When he's not pondering questions about the amateur radio licensing structure, Dan blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com, writes the "No Nonsense" amateur radio study guides, and teaches ham classes. You can contact him by e-mailing cwgee

Technical Committee: Bob-W6VR, Chris-AA4CD, Daryl-WA5QMV, Ron-KG6HSQ, Brent-KJ6UMY

Duane, AA6EE is offering FARC members discount prices on ARRL items:
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